by Jerry Shottenkirk
November 30, 2019
There’s a lot going on Saturday at Gulfstream Park on the second day of the Championship Meet – so much that it’s difficult to pinpoint a single sequence in which to take aim. There are six stakes races on the 11-race card. Three of those are in the late Pick 4, which is where we’re looking today.
The sequence begins in the eighth with the House Party Stakes. It’s at six furlongs for 2-year-old fillies, and such races are always a good challenge and often come up with a decent payer. Lavi, Sound Machine and Kimura are on the suggested ticket, which totals $54 this week.
Lavi comes with a perfect record in one start and her performance came in at Gulfstream Park West when she came from well off the pace and pulled away by 2.5 lengths at the end. Sound Machine, the probably favorite, was outrun in an optional claiming race at Keeneland in October and returns to where she broke her maiden by 8 1-4 lengths. Kimura is the price play in this one. She broke her maiden in her debut in July 7 and was outrun in a Monmouth stakes race in September.
The ninth is the Pulpit Stakes at a mile on the turf for 2-year-olds and looks like the most wide-open of the four races. Four runners made the ticket: Irish Mias, Nettleton, Fame to Famous and Graceful Kitten. Graceful Kitten is the favorite but several have a chance and will be a true scramble to the wire.
The Smooth Air Stakes is the 10th race and is a mile, and a three of them make the ticket. Fort McHenry is the favorite and comes off an easy win at Gulfstream West. The company will be considerably stronger in this spot, and Gangly and Peruvian Boy have a chance to connect at a price. Gangly in July broke his maiden at Gulfstream and since then has been fourth and fifth in stakes at Monmouth and Gulfstream West. He has a good chance to be overlooked here. Peruvian Boy was third in the Arlington Washington Futurity and fourth in the G2 Saratoga Special. He has shown late interest and could be set up nicely by the pace here.
The finale is for claimers on the turf and Unlimited Data, Bad to the Core and Malibu Music will be in the hunt and look like big players going the 1 1-16th miles.
Here’s the suggested play for the Late Pick 4 Saturday at Gulfstream Park:
Race 8) #3 Lavi, #8 Sound Machine, #9 Kimura.
Race 9) #1 Irish Mias, #5 Nettleton, #7 Fame to Famous, #8 Graceful Kitten..
Race 10) #4 Fort McHenry, #5 Gangly, #9 Peruvian Boy.
Race 11) #2 Unlimited Data, #4 Bad to the Core, #7 Malibu Music.
50-cent Late Pick 4 ticket: 3-8-9 with 1-5-7-8 with 4-5-9 with 2-4-7 ($54).